An actuary from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...

Bob Blake

Date of First Appearance:
September 1989

Total Winnings:
$192,501. (Includes $82,501 for regular 5 games, $100,000 for 1990 Tournament of Champions, and $10,000 for Super Jeopardy! [1990]).

Records held/Stats:
Highest 5-day total (record stood for 3-4 months). First contestant to exceed the (then) limit of $75,000 winnings, so $7,501 of the 5-game total is nominal only. Winner 1990 Tournament of Champions.

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show:
I almost did a Cliff Clavin. On one of my shows, my winnings going into Final Jeopardy! were high enough that I could not be caught. However, for reasons I can't now remember (possibly in search of a record) I bet so much that I could lose with the proper combination of wagers and questions. Fortunately, even though I got the Final Jeopardy! response incorrect, so did my opponents.

Did being on Jeopardy! have any effect on your life?:
Being recognized by strangers. This was quite frequent for a year or two, but to my amazement it even happened last year. I am still introduced as a Jeopardy! contestant.

Did you do anything crazy with your winnings?
I am a Canadian and an actuary.

What do you think?

Is there anything else you would like viewers to know about you?
I will be retiring from my job this year at the end of May.

"In 1990, he won the Tournament of Champions. An actuary from Vancouver, British Columbia..."

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1 player: $5,000.
1990 Tournament of Champions winner: $100,000.
1990 Super Jeopardy! semifinalist: $10,000.
Season 6 5-time champion: $82,501.

In his second game (#1149, aired 1989-09-07), Bob tied the single-day cash winnings record of $27,800, set by Kevin Frear in his second game (#902, aired 1988-07-05). Kevin had broken Harvey Becker's record of $25,400, set in Season 2 (#304, aired 1985-11-07). Kevin's record lasted for over 4 years, when it was broken by Frank Spangenberg's $30,600 finish in his fifth game (#1241, aired 1990-01-15).

In his fifth game (#1152, aired 1989-09-12), Bob's five-day winnings record of $82,501 broke Chuck Forrest's then-record of $72,800 for most cash winnings in regular games, which Chuck had set nearly four years before on show #280, aired 1985-10-04. Because Bob's winnings were higher than the then-limit of $75,000, $7,501 of his winnings were donated to his selected charity, Oxfam of Canada. Bob was the first player to have to make such a donation. Bob's record stood for only a few months until Frank Spangenberg earned a five-day total of $102,597 on show #1241, aired 1990-01-15. Frank, too, had to donate a substantial portion of his winnings to charity--$27,597 to the Missionaries of Charity in New York City.

Bob appeared on To Tell the Truth shortly after winning the Tournament of Champions as a mystery personality in its "One-on-One" segment.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: Canuckistan

Bob appeared in the following archived game:
#4740, aired 2005-03-25 Bruce Ikawa vs. John Cuthbertson vs. Bob Blake 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 1, game 33.
Bob previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Bob Blake in the following 4 archived games:
#1430, aired 1990-11-16 Steve Berman vs. Larry McKnight vs. Bob Blake 1990 Tournament of Champions final game 2.
#1429, aired 1990-11-15 Steve Berman vs. Larry McKnight vs. Bob Blake 1990 Tournament of Champions final game 1.
#1428, aired 1990-11-14 Jeff Bandman vs. Bob Blake vs. Andrew Bernknopf 1990 Tournament of Champions semifinal game 3.
#1421, aired 1990-11-05 Bob Blake vs. Dan Katz vs. Michael Thayer 1990 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 1.

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